Urgent: State Treasurer's Proposed Alternative Budget
Posted Wednesday, February 11, 2015 by Shelly Nye
Please read this important, urgent message from the Children's Advocacy Alliance:
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE IS NOW MEETING AT 9 AM
Tomorrow, February 12th at 8:00 AM, the Senate Finance Committee will be hearing and reviewing the State Treasurer's Proposed Alternative Budget, which cuts the Governor's proposed budget by half. In order to reduce spending, the State Treasurer recommended the Governor prioritize his expenses and either reduce and/or eliminate funding to the following programs.
- $78.4 million for full day Kindergarten
- $50 million for Victory Schools
- $27.1 million for literacy
- $36.2 million for social workers in schools
- $48.4 million to give K-12 digital devices
- $40 million for Medicaid and manged care
Included in the above list, are recommended reductions and/or cuts to specific line items. These include:
- $30 million to fund "Read by Three"
- $50 million for students in the most impoverished parts of our state
- $20 million in matching funding to encourage charter school organizations in Nevada
- $100 million - "Zoom" Schools
- Creation of an "Achievement School District" to manage failing schools in the State without regard to location
- $10 million to establish a true Gifted and Talented Learner allocation.
- $36 million to combat bullying
- Increase of $1.8 million in 2011 to $73 million in 2015 overall funding to meet the needs of autistic children
The Children's Advocacy Alliance is urging everyone to attend the hearing to voice your concerns regarding the proposed budget in either; Room 2134 of Nevada Legislature Building, 401 S. Carson Street, Carson City, NV 89701 or 4th Floor, Room TBD, of the Grant Sawyer Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89101.